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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was canceled at the end of the fourth season when Will returned to Philadelphia because ratings had declined. The fourth and fifth seasons happened for a couple of reasons. First, both Will Smith and NBC received a large amount of mail begging them to keep the series on the air. Second, the NBC affiliates were repeating the old episodes and those repeats were getting high ratings. Most of the station managers were worried that with only 99 episodes, audiences would soon tire of seeing the same old episodes over and over again so many of them offered to pay a much higher fee than usual for the rights to run the repeats if NBC would produce 50 more episodes.
Goof: In the Talking Turkey episode from the first season, Will's mother said he used to mow the lawn all the time back in Philly, but when they show Will's childhood home, he lived in an upstairs apartment that had no lawn.
Goof: In one shot, you see a guy with a red hat next to Will. In the next shot, the hat is orange.
In the "Mama's Baby, Carlton's Maybe" clip, Cindy says: "He's so in tune with my needs, It was amazing and endless and magnificent, I Think I saw god" but, when the episode aired she just says "He's so in tune with my needs. It was amazing." The episode was probably cut to fit in the time slot.
The blooper reel at the end of this episode is from a previous episode, "Hex And The Single Guy."
Janet Hubert-Whitten (the first actress who played Vivian Banks) is not shown completely during this episode; however, the clips do show some scenes from seasons 1-3 and you can see her arms and legs.
Goof: In the scene where Philip is talking to the real-estate agent for the second time, after Philip is told that he would receive $1,000,000 above market value, he tells the real-estate agent to hold on, but still hangs up the phone right afterwards.
Will is wearing a Fred Flintstone shirt. Fred Flintstone is the main character from the cartoon The Flintstones, which is about a stone age family.
The episode ends with a shot of the Best Dad statue throughout the closing credits.
Goof: At the carnival, Will looks at a who's laughing and with his father; however, it's obvious that the laughter is not coming from the child at which Will is looking.
Jazz: It seems Hallmark has overlooked this occasion.
Hallmark is a greeting card enterprise.
Karen Malina White had a similar plot later in Malcolm & Eddie when she turned 30 and realized she wanted to have children soon. She considered artificial insemination, but then turned to her friend Malcolm.
Will: Oh, yeah, Cleopatra Jones is a super bad ass sister.
Cleopatra Jones was a character played by Tamara Dobson in two Blaxploitation films: Cleopatra Jones and Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.
Wendy: Who do you think would win in a street fight: Cleopatra Jones or Grace Jones?
Grace Jones is a model, singer, and actress. She played strong female characters in films such as Conan the Destroyer and A View to a Kill.
William Thomas Jr. is the fifth person who appears on The Fresh Prince, from The Cosby Show. The first was Macolm Jamal-Warner, the second was Raven Symone and the third was Allen Payne, and the fourth was Karen Malina White.
Will is dating a girl named Lisa in this episode. Coincidentally, in the following season Will begins a dating another Lisa (Nia Long), who he will go on to become engaged to and nearly marries.
The song playing while Jazz and Jewel are walking down the aisle is the 1977 hit Float On by the Floaters.
When Hilary is hitting the fire on the stove with a frying pan, you can clearly see that it's a rubber frying pan.
Goof: Ashley tells Will she's not the same 11-year-old girl he met when he moved to Bel-Air, but in other episodes she said she was 9 when he moved into the house.
End Credits: The family gathers around Will, having forgiven him for being absent for his party. Then the scene becomes a blooper when Alfonso pours (what seems to be) the melted remnants of the Sonny the Seal cake on Will's head.
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